PLANETIZEN, an American-based public-interest information exchange for the urban planning, design, and development community, this month released its tenth annual list of the ten best books of the year in urban planning, design and development.
The Planetizen editorial staff based the 2012 list on a number of criteria, including editorial reviews, popularity, number of references, sales figures, recommendations from experts and the book's potential impact on the urban planning, development and design professions.
"This year is dominated by "big picture" books, with a number of prominent critics and commentators zooming way out to look at how cities can achieve sustainability, affordability and economic viability," the editors wrote.
"Ed Glaeser's Triumph of the City was impossible to miss this year, whether you agreed with his conclusions or not. But you'll also find some beautiful coffee table books, a political history of bicycling and a detailed plan for incorporating agriculture into urbanism."
Planetizen present the books alphabetically without assigning rank. A number of 'other noteworthy titles' are also included in the list.
Planetizen top ten books for 2012:
- The Agile City: Building Well-Being and Wealth in an Era of Climate Change (James S. Russell)
- Garden Cities: Theory & Practice of Agrarian Urbanism (Andrés Duany and Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company)
- The Big Roads: The Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries, and Trailblazers Who Created the American Superhighways (Earl Swift)
- By the City, For the City: An Atlas of Possibility for the Future of New York (The Institute for Urban Design)
- For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and their Places (Peter Kageyama)
- Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi (Steve Inskeep)
- One Less Car: Bicycling and the Politics of Automobility (Zack Furness)
- Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small-Scale Community in a Large-Scale World (Ross Chapin)
- Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier (Edward Glaeser)
- Walking Home: The Life and Lessons of a City Builder (Ken Greenberg)